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December 09, 2007


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I don't agree on how much of an expert she is. A good percentage of what she posts is drivel and self-flattering advertisement. A good company should be concerned to have someone that self-centered working for them, because it isn't going to be for their benefit, but hers. Obviously, you can't (and shouldn't) completely sublimate yourself into being a full on company slave but everything she advocates is about jumping from company lily pad to company lily pad as a social butterfly. Her incorporation of her personal problems into her professional life is also pretty much the opposite of what constitutes professionalism as well. Airing your dirty laundry to unaffected parties is NOT the mark of someone who wants to fix that problem and is only going to make it worse. She's gossiping about someone, and that person should be one of the most important people in her life. Think about it.

That said, she does have some use, and there are some pretty angry people staking out her comment sections that live to attack her, and a lot of them aren't providing much value either. She's had a few guest columnists that have been pretty bad, too. I seem to recall one comparing the burnt out losers of Generation X with the supercool people of Generation Y that would overlook their crustiness and accept them as part of their team, because that's what they do. I thought it was hilarious(ly stupid) but I think quite a few people were pretty offended.

That's a good point to keep in mind- thanks for sharing.

I think it is a great reminder. Money is a means not a result. If you don't find a work/life balance you won't ever find fulfillment. We are meant to work and we are meant to have great relationships and fellowship.(not to mention many other things in life) It is the elusive balance between the two that is hard find.

Robert - I don't know much about her but to be fair her column is titled, "Advice at the intersection of work and life". Seems to be the marriage material would fall in the "life" section. I would commend her for sharing her "dirty laundry" for the benefit of others.

penelope trunk may perhaps be the worst business writer i have ever seen. many people agree (try reading her reviews for her overall reception). but, to each his/her own. i guess i posted this because i am amazed that she has a fan

I enjoy Penelope's blog as well and admire her candor, even about her marriage. While I don't agree with all of her material, it makes me think and I keep going back to read more.

I'm not such a huge fan of Penelope Trunk's advice or her articles. Some of what she says is useful, but I don't really get much out of it. I do, however, agree with what you're saying in this article. Success outside the home can't compensate for failure within the home. I do focus a lot of time on my financial future, yet it's important to remember that there are more important things.

I just read Penelope Trunk's blog post that you linked to. Very sad. I hope that *if* she is putting her career before her family, that she realizes what she's doing before it's too late :(

Thank you for writing this post. So many people ask me why I write about my marriage on my career blog. You do a great job of showing why the two are so related. I will definitely point people here.

Once we have a family, almost every career decision we make is also a family decision. I think we only hear about the good stuff -- when all the decisions line up perfectly. But I think we probably learn the most from each others' mistakes. I find that the more I write about my own mistakes, the more other people open up about their mistakes, and then we are all learning more, and figuring out how to make better decisions together.


I hope that you can resolve some of these personal issues for the very best, Penelope. It's tough.

Life is complicated. What works for some people will not work for others -- same as finances.

I seem to be writing the following a lot this week.
Matthew 6 verse 19 -21 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where theives break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
So, you have to ask yourself, everytime, where is my heart?

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